>> Watching a video could aid early diagnosis
>> How long does the HPV vaccine protect?
>> Viral infection on the rise in the Southeast
The Med & Mic™ 09.06.23
MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders with a Video
Tracking the eye movements of children watching a video of two kids interacting could hasten the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The tablet device which monitors a video viewer’s eye movements could help to identify the disorder in kids 16 months to 30 months as accurately as a specialist. The results are available in 30 minutes. Customary testing can take many hours and highly trained experts. Studies show there are better long-term outcomes in children who are identified earlier. (Source: NBC News, L. Carroll and J. Herzberg, 9.5.23)
HPV Vaccine Effective After 10 Years
A study of data ten years after HPV vaccination of 1,300 girls and boys showed persistent effectiveness and a lasting antibody response. In addition to blood tests, researchers swabbed the participants monthly. Only 31 cases of infection were noted, but no HPV-related cancers or genital warts. (Source: Healio, R. Weldon, 9.5.23)
RSV Uptick in Florida and Georgia
The CDC warns that cases of RSV, respiratory syncytial virus, are on the rise in the Southeast. RSV activity could spread north and west over the next two to three months. RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for infants less than a year old. The illness can also lead to hospitalization for people 60 and older. Last year’s RSV season was particularly severe. New vaccines are available to protect babies and seniors against the viral infection. (Source: CNN, B. Goodman, 9.5.23)
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